Its 25 years in October since Steve Jones broke the world marathon record and its still the British record.
A running coleague has started a facebook group to get recognition for Steve in his home country & county. So far he has even got support from a certain Henry K Rono. Please join Lee's campaign to get recognition for one of this country's best long distance runners.
There's alot of British middle and distance records set in the early - mid 1980s.
Jones WR in Chicago 1984, was very unexpected as it was built up as a Lopes v De Castella clash.
The Olympic v World and Commonwealth Champion.
Just an observation.. as impressive as that time is... he would be best part of a mile behind The record holder now.. puts it into perspective how things have moved on.. its only a matter of years probably before someone goes under 2:00.
"one of this country's best long distance runners"
Slugs, he was the fastest man in the world over 26.2 miles. Not only that, you could not meet a more modest athlete who had plenty of time for athletes of all standards.
Lee - thanks for you mail clarifying what you're trying to achieve. Again though, I would suggest that someone revise the FB page to make it very clear what it is all about. And then get someone to proof read it. It's the only way that people will know what you are doing.
I think ordinary members of public can nominate people for honours. Have a google, I'm sure you'll find out about the process. Lobbying the council is a good idea. Maybe the head of the council can put the nomination forward to give it more clout.
Personally, I don't join FB groups. Really don't see the point of them, but I accept I may be out of step. Good luck with your campaign.
Lee - have you checked to see if Steve actually wants an OBE or whatever?
As you say, everyone else has got one - perhaps Steve has indicated to the organisers that he doesn't want one.
WHen a person is nominated, the nominees are asked if they would accept the proposed award. Not everyone does want to accept.
Personally I think they are completely pointless!
Wilkie makes a good point.
I wish you luck Lee.
My point re the FB page is that that is your main point of contact - you posted the link here and in your message and still had to explain what it was for. You are trying to get a marketing campaign under way. What you are selling is Steve Jones and the desire to get him recognised. What you currently have doesn't do that. Maybe change the name of the page to something like "Help us to get Steve Jones honoured" then explain that he was the world record holder etc and he deserves merit. Keep sentences short and punchy. Use punctuation. More people will stay on the page and offer support.
Not having a pop Lee, honest. I just think you can do better with your marketing as I think it's a very worthy thing you're doing.
All the best.
lee i wish you good luck with this son
steve is the best runner wales have had and something should be done to honour him come on wales do something about it. if he was from england or the usa he would be a god.
see soon may be in the cardiff 10k
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